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Lineup of activities gives RIT students new entertainment options

It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your RIT student is? If they’re not at the library, they’re probably enjoying Late Night Programming activities!

Recently, the Center for Campus Life, in conjunction with the College Activities

Mary-Beth Cooper, Vice President of Student Affairs
Board (CAB), established our Late Night Programming initiative to answer the student body’s request for more “stuff to do” on campus late at night. The main focus of this effort is the creation of the Friday Night in the RITz concert series, which uses the RITskeller as a venue for smaller musical acts, comedians, karaoke, open mic nights, etc. The CAB books acts and works with the RITz staff to promote the events. The RITz keeps its kitchen open for the events and has added a late night menu. In the fall quarter, the series hosted seven bands, one comedian, and one open mic night. 

The CAB also has put together the Thursday Night Cinema Series in Ingle Auditorium, which offers free movie presentations to students nearly every week. Plans are being made to include Saturday evening events as well. More information on Late Night Programming can be found at http://cab.rit.edu

Lastly, students may be using the late night hours to stay fit. They might be lifting weights or hanging out in the aquatics center of the Gordon Field House. With expanded hours, many students are working out or just floating around the Vortex to relax. What a great life!

The overall goal of late night activities and events is to create an enjoyable atmosphere on campus for students week in and week out, as well as provide an alternative to leaving campus for entertainment in the evening. Through fun activities in a safe atmosphere, we’re bringing more of the types of entertainment to campus that both students and parents want to see.

Mary-Beth Cooper
Vice President for Student Affairs

Newly available Cdigix service lets students download music legally

Copyright is one of the hottest issues on campus. Copyright in the digital age relates to peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing of music, videos and software. Enforcing copyright laws in the digital communication age is a challenge for the copyright holder and the campus network administrator.


Diane Barbour, Chief Information Officer

Parents beware: The recording, movie and software industries have launched campaigns to identify and prosecute people distributing copyrighted materials unlawfully. These industries are lobbying Congress to get tougher on Internet service providers. Campuses are notified of computers providing illegal access to copyrighted material, and RIT receives these notifications on a daily basis. Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, universities are required to remove this access without needing to identify the violator. However, a subpoena issued on behalf of the content owner requires identification of the person violating copyright to enforcement agencies.

Extensive downloading of music and videos impacts the intended use of the RIT network – teaching and learning. RIT provides a high-speed network that is negatively impacted by off-campus people downloading files illegally shared by RIT students.

What is RIT doing to encourage students to avoid copyright violations? Education is one measure. RIT’s First Year Experience classes discuss responsible use (including copyright) of computer resources. Students found to be sharing copyrighted material illegally receive notification, which includes legal ramifications.

RIT now offers a service that allows students to obtain music legally from the Internet. The university signed an agreement with Cdigix, a company offering digital entertainment to colleges and universities. In doing so, RIT became one of the first schools in the nation to take part in the company’s digital music service. Through Cdigix, students have the option of purchasing a subscription at $2.99 per month, allowing them to listen to music online. Individual songs can be downloaded for 89 cents.

With this service, RIT is helping to protect students and their families from the lawsuits and other ramifications of illegal file sharing. To learn more about our service with Cdigix and sign up, follow these steps:

1. Go to www.rit.edu/its
2. Click on “Services” on the top of the screen
3. Click on “Ctrax: Music on Demand”

RIT partners with educational institutions and businesses to develop best practices around the issue of copyright. Please help RIT gather information on this controversial and important issue by completing the survey at http://www.rit.edu/p2p/parents

 

Diane Barbour
Chief Information Officer